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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Last updated on: April 10, 2013 07:38 IST

Image: The 405 freeway looking southbound running underneath the 10 freeway in Los Angeles, California.
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While commuting in any big city is a major time-consuming exercise, some places are bigger headaches than others.

Let's take a look at 10 cities where travelling is most time consuming, according to TomTom's 2012 Congestion Index, a report comparing congestion levels in 2012 versus 2011 in 161 cities and across five continents.

TomTom's Congestion Index is the world's most accurate barometer of congestion in urban areas. The Index is based on real travel time data captured by vehicles driving the entire road network.

Source: TomTom's Congestion Index

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of the Moscow River in the centre of Russian capital.
Photographs: Denis Sinyakov/Reuters

Moscow

Country: Russia

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 66 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 106 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 138 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 62 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 68 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 1

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of Istanbul's financial district in Turkey.
Photographs: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Istanbul

Country: Turkey

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 55 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 80 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 125 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 58 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 51 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 2

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of the Parliament building in Warsaw, Poland.
Photographs: Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta/Reuters

Warsaw

Country: Poland

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 42 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 84 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 88 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 39 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 46 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 3

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of the old Mediterranean port of Marseille in France.
Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Marseille

Country: France

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 40 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 77 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 77 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 24 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 50 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 4

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A Sicilian ceramic shop in downtown Palermo, Italy.
Photographs: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Palermo

Country: Italy

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 39 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 64 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 64 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 27 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 49 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 5

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of the downtown area in Los Angeles, United States.
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Los Angeles

Country: The United States

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 33 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 56 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 77 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 29 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 39 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 6

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A catamaran leaves the central business district, with the Sydney Opera House in the background, in Australia.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters

Sydney

Country: Australia

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 33 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 70 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 67 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 30 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 35 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 7

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: A view of a castle in Stuttgart, Germany.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Stuttgart

Country: Germany

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 33 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 59 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 67 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 32 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 34 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 8

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: People walk past the Printemps department store in Paris, France.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Paris

Country: France

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 33 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 70 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 65 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 32 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 34 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 9

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10 cities with most congested traffic in the world

Image: An aerial view of St Peter's Square in Rome, Italy.
Photographs: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Rome

Country: Italy

Average jouney time during non-rush hour: 33 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during morning rush hour: 76 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time during evening rush hour: 63 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on highways: 25 per cent more time than it should

Average jouney time on non-highways: 37 per cent more time than it should

Global rank in traffic congestion: 10

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